Adverse Detection: The Promise and Peril of Body-Worn Cameras

Surveillance, Privacy, and Public Space (Routledge Studies in Surveillance). 2016

19 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2018

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Michael Katell

University of Washington, The Information School

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

The goal of this chapter is to sketch a causal chain that links the expansion of surveillance practices in public spaces with downstream effects on human flourishing. In particular, this chapter highlights the tension between the high hopes for a particular technical artifact — the police body-worn video camera — and its relationship to the world of big data, with a particular focus on the so-called reputation economy. I also surface a thread of bias and discrimination against marginalized segments of society due to the nature of state surveillance that begins at the point of data collection about people and ends in the potentially life-altering decisions of social and economic gatekeepers.

Keywords: Body-worn cameras, surveillance, data bias, criminal justice

Suggested Citation

Katell, Michael, Adverse Detection: The Promise and Peril of Body-Worn Cameras (2016). Surveillance, Privacy, and Public Space (Routledge Studies in Surveillance). 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2965902

Michael Katell (Contact Author)

University of Washington, The Information School ( email )

Seattle, WA
United States

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